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Beyond one billion accounts: What path is mobile money following in Latin America & the Caribbean?

With contrasting socio-economic and competitive contexts, mobile money across Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) continues to differentiate itself from more established regions such as Africa and Asia. Figure 1: Distribution of registered mobile money accounts in Latin ...

Insights from Thrive Africa 2020 – scaling digital utility solutions through partnerships

The GSMA Thrive Africa 2020 event took place from 29 September to 1 October 2020. The Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities programme hosted two sessions focused on ‘Digital Utility Solutions for the Urban Poor’ and ‘The Future of Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) Partnerships’. These ...

Mapping poverty: Space and mobile technologies offer new perspective

17 October marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. While eradicating poverty is one of the top goals on the UN Sustainable Development Agenda, scarcity of reliable data hampers efforts to measure progress toward this goal. Space technology – ...

Grameenphone’s GPAY app: How small changes can make a big difference for women

Listening to customers to understand the barriers that restrict women from using mobile services can be instrumental in helping MNOs uncover some cost-effective quick wins for reaching female customers. This blog talks about one such quick win, which was unearthed by ...

VITALITE Zambia – learnings from providing pay-as-you-go smartphones through pay-as-you-go solar

The GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities programme has been working since 2013 to unlock new business models that leverage mobile technology to deliver affordable energy services in emerging markets. Over the last eight years the GSMA has supported the emergence of the ...

The Start-up Challenge 2020 is forging innovation despite this year’s global context

Inspired by last year’s response to the Seedstars Pacific regional bootcamps and pitching competitions, with the help of the Australian Government, we’ve continued to support entrepreneurship ecosystem building activities in Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa. In our effort to ...

Tailoring the GSMA Interoperability Test Platform to meet business needs: A closer look at the test case engine

Have you ever been frustrated when trying to use a new system and it doesn’t behave as desired? And what about when the integration between systems you use becomes a challenge? These are problems of interoperability, and they are even bigger and more crucial when it ...

The opportunity of mobile biometrics: Lifting the barriers of digital inclusion in emerging markets

More than one billion people in the world lack any form of legal identification and almost half of these are living in Sub-Saharan Africa. The lack of identification prevents them from accessing life-enhancing digital and financial services. There is a clear role for ...

Use of digital solutions is key in a disability inclusive response to COVID-19

This blog forms part of a blog series to be published over the coming weeks as we investigate how the digital and social exclusion of persons with disabilities are heightened during the pandemic and how mobile and digital solutions can combat the barriers.  The COVID-19 ...

Why are digital skills important for financial inclusion, and how can the mobile money module in the GSMA’s MISTT help?

This is the fourth blog in a 6-part series to mark the re-launch of the GSMA Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT). You can read Part 1 here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here. This series will deep dive into each of the new MISTT modules (Online ...

Beyond one billion accounts: Mobile money in Africa enters a new digital era, spurred by more advanced transactions – Part 2

Register for the next SOTIR19 webinar on the success of Africa’s mobile money industry. This is the sixth in a series of blogs focusing on the findings of the 2019 State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money. Blog #1 | Blog #2 | Blog #3 | Blog #4 | Blog #5 In our ...

5 Tips for Inclusivity in Human-Centred Design

Human-centred design has become something of a buzzword in the humanitarian sector. But what does it actually mean? In the simplest terms, human centred design is a practical and iterative methodology for problem solving. It draws upon lived experiences, recognising that ...

Beyond one billion accounts: The evolution of Africa’s growing mobile money market – Part 1

Register for the next SOTIR19 webinar on the success of Africa’s mobile money industry. This is the fifth in a series of blogs focusing on the findings of the 2019 State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money. Blog #1 | Blog #2 | Blog #3 | Blog #4 | Blog #6 The African ...

Driving the adoption of tech solutions across Africa

Lessons learnt from developing and scaling innovative mobile solutions in Africa In the last four years, the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator programme has supported innovative start-ups across developing markets by providing grant funding, technical support and opportunities to ...

IoT applications in the fight against COVID-19

In times of social distancing, the Internet of Things (IoT) has enabled diagnosis and treatment of patients remotely, and facilitated the delivery of vital medicine and medical equipment to isolated areas. This blog explores the use of IoT technology in remote patient ...

Lessons learnt from MNO e-waste management efforts across Asia and Africa

We bring this series of mobile network operator (MNO) e-waste management efforts to an end with this article.

Exploring Orange’s e-waste management initiatives

After a short pause, we wrap-up our blog series on MNO led e-waste management efforts with a project from Orange Egypt. In this blog we will explore how Orange’s e-waste management efforts are integrated into their overall environment management system (EMS) and also linked ...

Electric Vine Industries – Powering remote communities with microgrids in Indonesia

Electric Vine Industries (EVI) is a private microgrid developer founded in Indonesia. In June 2018, EVI received a grant from the GSMA Mobile for Development (M4D) Utilities Innovation Fund to integrate Linkaja’s mobile money service into EVI’s power metering payment ...

Joint Call to Action for Improving Access to Credit for Farmers in Papua New Guinea Launched

To stimulate the development of economic identities and financial services for smallholder farmers in Papua New Guinea (PNG), the GSMA is opening a Joint Call to Action (JCTA) to consortia of agribusinesses, agritech companies and financial services providers. A consortium ...

Pandemic response in action: Cassava Fintech responses to COVID-19 in Burundi

This is the fifth post in a blog series highlighting the efforts that mobile network operators have taken to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in their respective markets. In this interview Cassava Fintech-Burundi’s General Manager, Wood Gitobu, explains how COVID-19 has ...